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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

“Being versus Doing” – A Retreat for Catechists, by Sr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHM

By Sr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHM A Retreat for Catechists Every director of religious education faces recruitment dilemmas. Classes are scheduled to resume in two weeks,...

Parish leader: “I built it and they didn’t come.”

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, programs fail. Our great ideas are overlooked. What we think should matter to people doesn't. Rather than jumping to...

It’s Dangerous to Believe: A 30-min. talk by Mary Eberstadt at the Napa Institute

An informative and sobering talk given at the Napa Institute from scholar and researcher Mary Eberstadt about the state of religious freedoms, a new paganism...

Who Is Knocking at Our Door?

I had never heard of the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas until I served in a tri-lingual parish that worked very hard at incorporating different ethnic customs into the community's prayer life.

Training Disciple-Makers

BY JONATHAN F. SULLIVAN An apprentice is a novice student who learns under the tutelage of a master of an art or craft such as...

Supporting Parents: Tips for effective parent meetings

Providing services and programs for parents and guardians is at the heart of parish catechetical effort. How can the parent meetings be both informative and...

Convocation 2017: Catholic Education and Catechesis Recap

Notes From the Session Panelists Thomas W. Burnford & Margaret Matijasevic The 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders on July 1-4 in Orlando was a historic gathering...

Tips for Starting A New Program Year

LORI DAHLHOFF "In the beginning was the Word." (John 1:1) The start of any new educational program is filled with words: names, room assignments, textbooks, lesson...

Beyond Recruitment: The Catechetical Team and Formation

by Kate Ristow for a Catechist Formation Interest Survey. Whew! What a relief! After months of following up on leads, networking, interviewing, praying, and...

Finding a Home

Sacrament preparation is one of the best opportunities the Church has to welcome families and convince them they are in need of a permanent residence. Offering them a listening presence, moments of renewal and growth, and opportunities to discover their own needs for a more spacious place to live may result in a new spiritual home for them.